Press TV – Putin warns against actions fueling crisis in Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against any measure that would further fuel the ongoing crisis in Syria and destabilize the Arab country.
Putin made the remarks on Tuesday after talks with the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Black Sea resort of Sochi over the Syrian crisis.
”In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation,” Putin said without giving further details.
english.ruvr.ru – Weapons supplies to illegal armed units in Syria must be stopped – Russian Foreign Ministry
Moscow has demanded measures to stop weapons supplies to the armed Syrian opposition.
”As far as the opposition is concerned, there is a large question mark over how weapons supplies to illegal armed units can be stopped. Declarations and verbal assurances on this matter are not enough,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax ahead of a May 16-19 visit to Russia by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
”As far as Russian exports are concerned, they include exclusively defensive products, which cannot be used in the internal conflict in this state. All this is legal. We have not violated anything,” he said.
nyhetsbanken.se – Ryssland skickar S300-missiler till Syrien
I slutet av förra veckan förklarade president Putin och utrikesminister Lavrov under överläggningar med västledare Rysslands planer att leverera luftvärnsrobotar av system S-300 till Syrien. Ämnet diskuterades på fredagen vid två olika möten – Vladimir Putin mötte Storbritanniens premiärminister David Cameron i Sotji och Sergej Lavrov mötte sina kollegor från Tyskland och Polen i Warszawa.
Enligt ”Kommersant” sade Putin till Cameron att leveranserna av S-300 till Syrien är nödvändiga. Detta framkom i en diskussion som i huvudsak handlade om vikten av att inkalla en konferens om situationen i Syrien med deltagande av alla berörda parter.
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Thomas Gaist – Reports suggest Syrian opposition involvement in Turkish bombings
Mehmet Ali Edibog(lu, a member in the Turkish parliament for Kemalist opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), told Die Presse that the Turkey had allowed Syrian opposition groups to operate in the border region. He said that the cars that were used had been smuggled into the country from areas controlled by the Al Nusra Front, the Islamist organization affiliated to Al Qaeda that has played a leading role in the campaign against Assad.
In what critics are calling the most extreme act of censorship in decades, a Turkish state prosecutor imposed a gag upon all media coverage relating to the bombings on Sunday, a decision hailed by Erdogan. The gag follows the reports that Syrian opposition groups may have carried out the attacks.
al-monitor.com – Turkish Court Imposes Media Clampdown on Reyhanli Bombing
The Reyhanli Criminal Court of Peace ruling says, “It has been decided to ban all forms of audio, visual and print reporting, and their broadcast, of the investigation into the May 11, 2013, explosion in the town of Reyhanli that killed and wounded many people … and anything related to the context of the incident … [and] anything to do with anything about those killed and wounded in the incident.”
The decision was conveyed to all media organs in Turkey by the Radio and Television Supreme Council. The naked truth, concealed by legal language, is a media clampdown using the imposition of a comprehensive censorship mechanism via court decision.
english.ruvr.ru – Russia for sending UN peacekeepers to Syria as long as Syrians do not object
Russia favours sending UN peacekeepers or observers to Syria provided that Syrians have no objections, said the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in an interview with the Interfax news agency in the run-up to a visit to Moscow by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
english.ruvr.ru – Turkish pilot dies in jet crash near Syria border
The pilot of a Turkish F-16 fighter jet has been found dead after the aircraft crashed near the Syrian border, the military said late Monday, without providing details of the plane’s mission.
Alex Lantier and Chris Marsden – Obama, Cameron Hold Syria War Summit in Washington: “More Weapons for Al Qaeda”
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met yesterday in Washington to step up their campaign for war in Syria and discuss interventions elsewhere in the Middle East.
They pledged to increase the flow of weapons to Islamist militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, while promoting plans for talks on Syria with Russia, until now Assad’s main international backer, to be held in Geneva.
Father Dave Visits Syria. The Syrian People are Being Treated as Cannon Fodder”
I left Syria yesterday and, quite frankly, the days spent there were amongst the most intense and meaningful of my life! I sensed as I crossed the border into Lebanon that I had left some of my heart behind in Damascus!
I shared dinner with a very articulate woman who lived on the slopes of Mount Qasioun, which is within jogging distance of the centre of town.
Mount Qasioun is the mountain that was bombed last week by Israeli jets. This woman told me that she had been thrown out of her bed by the force of the explosions!
The Israelis claimed they were targetting a convoy of weapons bound for Hezbollah, and the US President excused the attack accordingly. This woman though told me that three very precise targets had been hit:
1. The barracks of ‘Brigade 14? – Bashar Al-Assad’s elite ‘royal guard‘
2. The ammunition dump
3. The military research centre
This would suggest that the attack had nothing to do with Hezbollah, though sources in Lebanon have said that seven Hezbollah personnel had been killed in the attack. Either way though, this was a direct attack by Israel on Syria and not on Hezbollah, and it has the potential to lead to World War III.
This is the third Israeli assault on Syrian soil. The plan seems to be to continue to provoke Syria with small murderous acts until Israel gets a response…